Stream “We Don’t Care About Music Anyway” A Documentary on Japanese Noise Musicians

Last year bumped into the documentary We Don’t Care About Music Anyway. I thought it was quite interesting to see what these artists were up to as well as to get a glimpse into another culture.

wdcama-posterWE DON’T CARE ABOUT MUSIC ANYWAY follows eight Japanese noise musicians as they perform against Tokyo’s urban wasteland and expose the process of their collective musical madness, from scraping a cello’s metal spike across broken glass like a DJ scratching a record to taping a microphone to one’s chest to improvise around a volatile heartbeat. The film is itself a piece of noise, with a soundtrack that stands alone in it own right, and with cinematography suggesting an impending self-destruction of Japan’s consumerist society.

Watch the Trailer

Watch the Full Film

I just discovered SnagFilms which is streaming this and other films and documentaries for free. They’ve published the film on YouTube which you can watch in the player below (or at this link). You can also watch the film from the  SnagFilms app on your mobile device, Roku, Kindle, and some smart TVs.

Photos from Denver Noise Fest December 22nd, 2016

Denver Noise Fest was amazing. It was super fun to play (see video of CO2E my last post) and attend. Everybody really “brought it” – especially Youko Heidy from Japan who was “all in” for sure. Great turnout and a great crowd really made this event. Visuals by Visuals by orchidz3ro http://www.orchidz3ro.com/ were awesome as well. Enjoy the photo gallery :^) Lineup for the night is below the photo gallery.

Lineup on Day 2

1) Carbon Dioxide Ensemble
2) Page 27
3) Solypsis
4) Anime Love Hotel
5) Breakdancing Ronald Reagan
6) Youko Heidy
7) Grandpa Lies Again
8) Many Blessings
9) Sheet Metal Skingraft

Links

http://www.DenverNoiseFest.com

 

Video: Carbon Dioxide Ensemble (CO2E) Live at Denver Noise Fest 2016

The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble (CO2E) had the honor of opening night 2 of the Denver Noise Fest 2016 on December 22nd, 2016 at Globe Hall. Here is a video of our performance.

As I mentioned in a recent post, the focus of our ensemble is on live improvisational performance of musique concrète. Thomas Lundy uses blocks for dry ice to cause the copper heart to vibrate (through rapid cooling, strikes, drags…). I then use the Elektron Octatrack dynamic performance sampler to live-sample the Tom’s performance via a contact mic on the copper heart. I then simultaneously performs and does real-time sound design with the captured audio. Victoria Lundy accompanies on Theremin and Reaktor.

Audio is from room via the Q4N video camera.

Rig Photos

Links:
CO2E: https://markmoshermusic.com/portfolio…
Denver Noise Fest: http://www.DenverNoiseFest.com

Notes on Octatrack’s Role in Carbon Dioxide Ensemble’s Upcoming Set for Denver Noise Fest 2016

I’ll be performing with the Carbon Dioxide Ensemble (Co2E) at Denver Noise Fest. The fest starts today on Dec 21st and our set is on the second night on the 22nd.

See my recent article Spread the Word – Denver Noise Fest VII 2016 is On!!! December 21-22 Globe Hall.

The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble is a collaboration with myself, Thomas Lundy, and Victoria Lundy, and . In this ensemble we focus  on live improvisational performance of Musique concrète. In this unique act I use the Elektron Octatrack dynamic performance sampler to live sample Thomas Lundy as he manipulates a Copper Heart and other objects which with dry ice. Victoria Lundy accompanies on Theremin and Reaktor.

Octatrack Is Essential for Live Sampling and Improvisational Real-Time Sound Design

The Octatrack is aptly named as a “Dynamic Performance Sampler” and is perfect for this sort of gig. The Copper Heart has a contact mic on the bottom. When Tom articulates the heart with dry ice, the metal start shearing at a microscopic level causing the heart to resonate. He can also bang and scrape the ice on the heart. I capture this in real-time and then build instruments on the fly to compliment what both he and victoria are playing. I have some percussion samples in the wings and some other fun oddities that I can quickly can pull into the equation if the improv demands it.

I find it more fun, challenging, and interesting to perform without a safety net in this regard and forego a cue mix and just program the Octatrack “tracks” live in the PA – mostly performing in real-time in chromatic or slots mode. I use scene morphing to do things like pull the harmonic content of the heart into bass territory so I can “light up” the sub-woofers in the room. One fun “move” is to use the crossfader mapped to sample playback rate to tune the sub-harmonics to achieve sympathetic vibration with the room. It’s pretty epic to hear in person :^)

Video

It’s all pretty unusual and fun. Below is a video of a past performance. Audio is from GoPro mic so doesn’t really do the audio justice – but will give you a sense of the act.

Safety First

Oh, and if you working with dry ice, don’t forget to wear your safety goggles.

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Links

Carbon Dioxide Ensemble.

Denver Noise Fest on Facebook

Denver Noise Fest Web Site